The 2018 Specialty Coffee Association Sustainability Award winners, Manos al Agua and Twin UK, will be recognised on the Re:co Symposium stage on April 19th. The awards, created in 2004, recognise outstanding work in the field of sustainability in the coffee industry. ” Manos al Agua, a program of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), will be awarded the Project Award for its work to confront Colombia's sustainability challenge of intelligent water management at the farm and landscape level. The program is a private-public partnership between the FNC, Cenicafé, Nestlé, Nespresso, WUR, RVO and APC Colombia. ” Roberto Velez, FNC's Chief Executive Officer,will accept the award on behalf of Manos al Agua. ” Twin, a non-governmental organisation, will receive the Business Model Award for its innovative aid-through-trade model that markets and trades coffee from smallholder farmers in countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Twin won an SCA Sustainability Award in 2014 for their work in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. ” Richard Anstead, Managing Director at Twin, will accept the award on the organisation's behalf. The selection process for the 2018 Sustainability Awards was led by the SCA Sustainability Centre's Awards Committee, chaired by Rosemary Trent of Save the Children, and the winners chosen by individual votes from the committee's members.
“The SCA has recognised outstanding work in the field of sustainability since 2004 and with every year we see greater diversity in the approaches that companies, organizations, and individuals take to confronting the challenges facing our industry,” said SCA Chief Sustainability Officer Kim Elena Ionescu.” This year's awards reflect collaborations that happen across geographies, cultures, and supply-chain roles, and I'm thrilled to be able to celebrate a kind of innovation that benefits all of us.”